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Laura Lee Winslow-Urkel is a supporting character and soon one of the main attractions in later seasons on the hit ABC/CBS sitcom, Family Matters. She was portrayed by Kellie S. Williams. Laura's original name in a draft of the Perfect Strangers episode Crimebusters, is Felicia Winslow.

Character BackgroundEdit

Laura Winslow is the middle child and daughter of Carl and Harriette Winslow. She was born in May 23, 1976 (age 37) in Chicago, Illinois. She has an older brother, Eddie, a little sister named Judy, and eventually had an adopted little brother named 3J. During the early years of the series, Laura was the smart-aleck, know-it-all child of the Winslows, whom Eddie at times doesn't have a good relationship with at times. In junior-high and high school, Laura was a straight-A student; her goal was to enroll in the Harvard Law School. She attended Illinois Occidental University (IOU), a fictional school, which she maintained straight-As there.

In an early episode, titled "The Quilt," Laura learned about responsibility when she accidentally sold a museum curator her grandmother's family heirloom, a quilt that had been in the family for more than 200 years. Laura sees that Mama Winslow (who manages to veil her extreme disappointment) has been hurt, Laura goes to great lengths to get the quilt back, and gives a tearful plea to the curator; although the curator tries not to let emotion get in the way, she eventually agrees to give it back. When she and Carl return home with the heirloom, an elated Mother Winslow (after telling the story of the quilt) sees that Laura has learned to become responsible and lets her keep it in her room.

In addition to being an outstanding student, Laura was involved in cheerleading; several episodes revolve around her participation in the activity, such as "Making The Team" and "It Didn't Happen One Night"

Laura like Carl and Eddie had a chance to see what life is like as Urkel. In It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Urkel, after she wishes for Steve to find out what life is like as her. Her guardian angel, Tyrone, grants it but also revealed there was a catch to her wish. She had to endure life as Urkel such as getting yelled at and having her feelings hurt that made her respect Steve more. Laura is now his wife and has a daughter named Stephanie.

Friends and AdversariesEdit

Throughout the series, Laura had several potential suitors; although several of them were very nice and had nothing to hide, more often than not these young men had hidden secrets. Sometimes, it was a hidden agenda to have sex with Laura and get her in trouble with her family, the boyfriend would have other girlfriends or allow false rumors to be spread, or the boyfriend would be a reckless driver.
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Then, there was Steve Urkel, the nerdy next-door neighbor to the Winslows. Steve — who is the same age as Laura — had a huge crush on her, although her feelings were clearly (at least early on) not exactly the same (though she did occasionally act nice to him). In fact, Laura countlessly rejects Steve's requests to go out on a date; Steve supposedly has kept track, and counts the 1,000th rejection as a milestone in their relationship.

Although it has often been said in the series that Steve has maintained a crush on Laura since kindergarten (when she supposedly made him eat Play-Doh), the first time that they are paired together is in the first season episode "Laura's First Date."

Despite the friction and differences in feelings between the two, Laura appreciated Steve's efforts to be a friend, although this often was not realized until after Laura tries to cancel their friendship because of a mistaken belief that he is meddling in her life (such as when Urkel warns Laura about a potential boyfriend being a wolf in sheep's clothing). Steve and Laura were often paired together for class assignments, and the two always helped each other out in their times of need.

Laura also did agree to date Steve on several occasions, but those early dates were out of pity and wound up being unmitigated disasters. In one episode, Steve's clumsiness, weird food likes (e.g., frog's legs and cheese) and just him being himself annoyed Laura. Another time, when Steve vowed to hold a rooftop vigil until Laura agreed to date him, Laura finally gave in, only for the overjoyed nerd to slip from a snow-covered roof, fall to the ground, and have his date in a hospital room.

In the episode "Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool", Steve created a transformation chamber and, in the process, an alter ego: Stefan Urquelle (White in a dual role). Stefan was everything Laura hoped her one-week suitor would be: handsome, suave, having good social graces, cool; all traits Steve did not necessarily have at first. Steve created Stefan so that he could finally realize his dream of capturing Laura's heart. The Stefan-Laura relationship bloomed for several years, and at one point the two are nearly married at Walt Disney World Resort. However, in Stefan's premiere episode, his self-absorbed attitude turned her off to him and she demanded he change back to Steve after finding out that one of her father's colleagues was shot by a man during a routine traffic stop.

However, as the years wore on, Laura's feelings for Steve began to change. Like the rest of her family, she warmed up to Steve and accepted him as a loyal and true friend. Much like her father and her brother, Laura had a chance to see what it was like to walk in Steve's shoes (i.e., getting yelled at for clumsiness and being a perceived pest), gaining an appreciation of the nerd.

In Episode Out With Old Laura bids on Steve's kisses because no one would bid on his kisses this ending foreshadows the changing relationship between Steve and Laura as Laura seems to enjoy the kiss much more than she expected.

In Episode Drinking and Jiving Laura when to a party and got drunk and when steve took her home.Laura kisses Steve and the next day Steve talk about the kiss Laura said she did not remember the kiss but she did later that day Laura told Maxine that she remember the kiss and she like it and also said she started to like Steve and Maxine is shock about this.

At one point during the series' final season, Laura agrees to accompany Steve to a polka festival, where — instead of becoming annoyed once and for all at Steve's interests and larger-than-life friends — she realizes that Urkel is the man her heart was after all along. The two are eventually engaged, but not until after Laura makes a heart-wrenching decision on whether to marry the nerd or Stefan. Laura chose Steve over Stefan, and the alter-ego was retired and never seen again. In the series' finale, when Steve goes into outer space (and his well-being is in jeopardy), Laura constantly watches television reports about the endangered space mission. Eventually, Steve salvages the space mission and returns home to his first (and only) love: Laura. Laura makes Steve promise never to go into outer space again, to which Steve replies, "Only when we kiss, Laura Lee," would he do so.

The original series finale was supposed to feature Steve's and Laura's wedding but didn't. It was also revealed that Laura would have given birth to their future daughter, Stephanie Laurine Urkel.

Myra MonkhouseEdit

In early 1993, Laura and then-boyfriend Ted Curran were becoming frustrated that Urkel was trying to meddle in their relationship. So Ted thought of a solution: pair Steve up with his beautiful cousin, Myra Butros Butros Monkhouse (a pretty girl who happens to have her heart set on dating a brainy boy who enjoys polka music). Steve and Myra hit it off, allowing Laura to breathe a sigh of relief ... at least temporarily.

Very quickly, Myra sees that Laura and Steve are still friends, and Myra drew the conclusion that Laura was her competition. Many times, Laura would try to correct the misunderstanding, although it only made Myra more convinced that Laura was out to steal Steve's heart. The two had a very testy relationship from there on, even when it would not concern Steve; for instance, the two briefly lived together and once competed for a job at the department store where Harriette worked. Myra tried to break up Steve and Laura when they started dating, but ultimately failed because they got engaged to be married in the third-to-last episode: "Pop Goes the Question."

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Maxine JohnsonEdit

Laura had several friends throughout the series, including Penny Peyser (Ebonie Smith) during the series' first year. However, Laura's longest-lasting best friend was Maxine Johnson (Cherie Johnson). Maxine was introduced in Season 2 and remained for the rest of the series' run.

The two were engaged in the usual teen-aged girl capers, which were not nearly as far-fetched as those of their male counterparts, Eddie and Waldo Faldo. Laura was instrumental in helping set up Waldo and Maxine as boyfriend and girlfriend. Although they sometimes fought over boys and petty matters (and the fact Maxine's feelings for Steve were much softer than Laura during the early years), Laura and Maxine maintained a loyal friendship.

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Ted CurranEdit

Appearing in the episodes "Rumor Has It" and "Muskrat Love", Ted Curran (played by Patrick Dancy) is one of Laura's former boyfriends. In the former, he circulates a rumor around the school that he and Laura had sex which both Steve and Eddie hotly refuse to believe. Eddie chews out Ted for this. Later on, he appears in the episode "A Thought In The Dark", where he sets up Steve with Myra.

DerekEdit

Derek, appearing in "All the Wrong Moves", was Laura's boyfriend after Stefan's sudden departure in "Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool". In this episode, he tried to get Laura to have sex with him during a date at the drive-in movie theater, but she continually refuses his sexual advances.

Cassie Lynn NubblesEdit

Cassie Lynn Nubbles is a rich, spoiled classmate and rival of Laura's who first appeared on Making the Team in Season 3. She has shown jealousy and contempt for her and did whatever she could to ruin her. This was shown in Woman Of The People when she got her sidekick to photograph Laura and Steve in a compromising position. However, Urkel was able to fight fire with fire by having Eddie photograph him kissing Cassie in order to teach her a lesson that blackmailing people is wrong. Cassie Lynn doesn't win the election for Freshman class President and she was never seen again.

Penny PeyserEdit

Penny was Laura's best friend in season 1 and like Rodney, she had no patience for Urkel's antics. She has shown concern for him in one espiode when Bull Wesson was threatening bodily harm to him if he doesn't pay up.

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Greta McClureEdit

Greta is another friend of Laura's who is dating Eddie. She became one of her closest friends and confided in her about her falling out with her father that lead to him disowning her. Greta is now Laura's sister-in-law or would've been if the show went on to it's final season.

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